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#DearNonNatives @dearnonnatives
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Digital brownface on social media is when white-coded or lightskinned individuals try and represent themselves as brown or a darker skin color than they actually are as a way to try and seem more "authentic" for others.
When indigenous individuals do brownface they are perpetuating the colonial idea that Native people all look a certain way (in this case, brown) when in reality we come in a wide variety of looks.
When white-coded Natives say that they can use brown emojis because they're Native the idea that Native = brown becomes solidified which means we are adapting the settler idea that our identities come from race and not from the cultures that we belong to.
As we all know I decided to call this out and was met with a lot of backlash from white-coded and lightskinned Natives.

And because of this insecurity of "not being brown enough" that came from the same colonial ideas I just talked about that they are trying to uphold with brownface I was met with violence.
I was accused of invalidating their identities as Natives, even though I never once said white-coded and lightskinned Natives were any less valid because of it and I've established countless times that we come in many different shades and our identities come from our cultures.
Then came the victimization. Not once was it mentioned that white-coded Natives didn't have their own unique struggles to deal with but in an attempt to overshadow the talk about how harmful brownface was to darker Natives I was flooded with "we get it from BOTH sides" arguments.
Many of you are activists just like me and spend the time educating non-Natives on how things like redface is wrong and how stereotypes like the Redskins harm us. Then when I try and educate you on why brownface is wrong I get the same tired excuses that white people give to you.
This "reverse colorism" argument that kept being directed at me even though I have spent so much of my time educating others about the diversity of our looks and the importance of our identities coming from our cultures was a way to use me as the easy punching bag.
Directing your anger towards me instead of those who implemented these ideas upholds white supremacy because it relies on the marginalized on fighting among themselves.
This whole thing is more than "an emoji" it's about darker skinned people getting a form of representation which isn't normally there because of colorism and that space being taken up by those who have always been represented.
This whole thing was an eye-opener to how willing ya'll are to keep yourself in close proximity to white privilege because instead of listening, so many of you rejected the claim and centered your own experiences of pain and trauma.
Centering your insecurities as a way to justify your use of brownface just goes to show how unwilling you are be held accountable for the violence you perpetuate against darker skinned Natives and how willing you are to uphold colorism.
It makes me uncomfortable to know the online community I belong to fetishizes my brown skin while simultaneously ignoring colorism and perpetuating colonial violence towards me.
I went through the comments and likes all day yesterday so that I could take accounts off my follower list because if you're unwilling to listen to me talk about the struggles I face surrounding colorism then I am not the voice for you and I do not want to be the voice for you.
So, if you see me on your timeline and you notice that you are no longer following me, you are apart of the problem.

And no, don't bother following me back.
This is a conversation that I see needs to be had more often. I will be having more conversations and calling out more ways that colorism presents itself in indigenous communities so I can continue to weed out those of you who proximate yourself to white supremacy.
In conclusion, white-coded and lightskin Natives are hella violent.
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